Press release

Gurunavi Adopts Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform for Operational Efficiency

Restaurant information company unites development and operations teams on a single platform, driving greater business value through enabling self-service and more rapid releases

Tokyo

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced Gurunavi, Japan's restaurant guide, has adopted Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform. Powered by OpenShift, Gurunavi aims to build a stronger and more flexible software infrastructure, develop this infrastructure on a private cloud using Kubernetes, and further improve service development capabilities in order to help accelerate the creation of new business and expansion of its existing business.

By adopting Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, we have achieved self-service development and reduced the waiting time to prepare our infrastructure. We can more rapidly deploy business ideas into applications, quicker service releases are now possible, and we have improved our development efficiency.

Naoki KoshikawaDirector, Managing Executive Officer, Manager of Development and IT Infrastructure Department, Gurunavi Inc.

Gurunavi is a restaurant information search site in Japan that provides sales, promotion and support services for restaurants with 65 million unique monthly users and almost 16 million registered members. In recent years, the company has expanded its business areas by operating an e-commerce site that showcases gifts for event receptions, as well as providing a point-of-sale (POS) management system, restaurant reservation management, and property search service.

To diversify the business and enhance competitiveness, Gurunavi increasingly needs to roll out new services more rapidly. As a 20-plus-year-old company, it sought to continue growing its offerings and business lines, but needed an IT infrastructure that could match its goals. To address this need, Gurunavi sought to establish a system infrastructure capable of handling expansion and diversification of business under the "Gurunavi Multi Cloud Platform concept." This is intended to contribute to business growth by using technologies centering on “optimal choice” and “improvement of development speed” to help optimize cost performance in IT, which is an essential part of the development and offering of each service.

Seeking an application-focused infrastructure that helps to address these needs, the company selected Red Hat for its track record of delivering open source solutions for enterprise companies that are designed to help increase infrastructure and operational efficiency and accelerate application delivery. To support the project, a Red Hat Consulting team participated for about three months delivering workshops and hands-on trainings for system concept planning, in-house analysis of current status, and configuration of the development environment.

Due to the division of labor in its development and operations teams and an increased burden on operations from the diverse services provided, lead time for infrastructure preparation arose as an issue for Gurunavi. Accordingly, developer teams focused on using self-service and Linux container technologies that can speed up resource provisioning. At the same time, they selected and adopted the Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, which is a Kubernetes platform with developer tooling, delivery workflows, and management solutions helping to maintain controllable infrastructure environments while enabling increased developer productivity.

Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform provides a flexible Kubernetes-based application infrastructure. It can strengthen collaboration between developers and the IT department around a single platform, enabling more consistent application creation, deployment and management among hybrid cloud infrastructure, and enabling provisioning of applications under shorter development cycles and at higher efficiency. Built with open source innovation and technologies including Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Kubernetes, it is used by enterprise companies worldwide.

At Gurunavi, application developers previously needed to manually request IT resources from the operations team. With Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform and Linux container technology, the service is now prepared by the operations department on OpenShift, enabling a self-service catalog to set up a new environment. As a result, both the developer and the infrastructure managers can reduce manual tasks.

The use of containerized infrastructure software made it possible to carry out the update tasks in bulk rather than individually, and therefore Gurunavi’s IT team has been able to reduce its operations management burden. Additionally, Gurunavi now has a base for highly extensible and flexible hybrid cloud environments and application portability has been made more possible with containers. Currently, two new services are running on the same system, and in the future Gurunavi plans to use Red Hat OpenShift infrastructure on a company-wide scale to further enhance services and help to strengthen competitiveness.

 

Supporting Quotes

Naoki Koshikawa, Director, Managing Executive Officer, Manager of Development and IT Infrastructure Department, Gurunavi Inc.

"By adopting Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, we have achieved self-service development and reduced the waiting time to prepare our infrastructure. We can more rapidly deploy business ideas into applications, quicker service releases are now possible, and we have improved our development efficiency. Going forward, we plan to continue to use the comprehensive Kubernetes-based infrastructure platform on a companywide basis to be able to provide higher quality services to help accelerate the creation of new business and business expansion."

 

Hirokazu Mochizuki, president and representative director, Red Hat, K.K.

"Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform makes it possible to achieve consistent building, deployment, and management of containerized applications and enables applications to be brought to market with shorter development cycles and higher efficiency. With Gurunavi, Red Hat consultants participated across the project lifecycle, starting at the early stages of the project’s planning, helping to drive Gurunavi’s development of a next-generation development environment that enables competitive services development that helps to solve Gurunavi’s challenges, and can contribute to its growth strategy."

 

Additional Resources

 

Connect with Red Hat

About Red Hat

Red Hat is the world's leading provider of open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to provide reliable and high-performing cloud, Linux, middleware, storage and virtualization technologies. Red Hat also offers award-winning support, training, and consulting services. As a connective hub in a global network of enterprises, partners, and open source communities, Red Hat helps create relevant, innovative technologies that liberate resources for growth and prepare customers for the future of IT. Learn more at http://www.redhat.com.

Forward-looking statements

Certain statements contained in this press release may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements provide current expectations of future events based on certain assumptions and include any statement that does not directly relate to any historical or current fact. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including: risks related to the ability of the Company to compete effectively; the ability to deliver and stimulate demand for new products and technological innovations on a timely basis; delays or reductions in information technology spending; the integration of acquisitions and the ability to market successfully acquired technologies and products; risks related to errors or defects in our offerings and third-party products upon which our offerings depend; risks related to the security of our offerings and other data security vulnerabilities; fluctuations in exchange rates; the effects of industry consolidation; uncertainty and adverse results in litigation and related settlements; the inability to adequately protect Company intellectual property and the potential for infringement or breach of license claims of or relating to third party intellectual property; changes in and a dependence on key personnel; the ability to meet financial and operational challenges encountered in our international operations; and ineffective management of, and control over, the Company’s growth and international operations, as well as other factors contained in our most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q (copies of which may be accessed through the Securities and Exchange Commission’s website at http://www.sec.gov), including those found therein under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations”. In addition to these factors, actual future performance, outcomes, and results may differ materially because of more general factors including (without limitation) general industry and market conditions and growth rates, economic and political conditions, governmental and public policy changes and the impact of natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods. The forward-looking statements included in this press release represent the Company’s views as of the date of this press release and these views could change. However, while the Company may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the Company’s views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.